Waiting on Wednesday: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia 2.0 + Givevaway!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.
It's Forest of Whispers WoW 2.0, darlings! It's out in three weeks!

Forest of Whispers
Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.
About the Author

Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative -- and it's from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the upcoming Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 -- Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

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Book Review: Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Better Homes and Hauntings
Molly Harper
Genre: Adult Paranormal 
When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.
What I liked about Better Homes and Hauntings was having a love interest who, despite the requisite wealthy status, was a geek at heart, socially awkward and was not oozing an in-your-face-sex-appeal. Deacon was adorkable and made me laugh. He complemented Nina's personality perfectly and vice versa. Actually, their romance was adorable, unlike all those hot, hot, hot, cracklings-in-the-air sexual tension that's present in some, if not most, novels. Not that I am averse to the hot, hot, hot, cracklings-in-the-air sexual tensions, Nina and Deacon were just cute.

The mystery behind the hauntings in Crane's Nest was kind of straightforward at first but it wasn't long(when Dotty came in) that I knew that something was not right with the picture. I guessed that Gerald didn't kill Catherine, that Jack did it instead. And I was right.

My mind automatically corrects the title to Better Homes and Gardens. Maybe that's how this book got my attention, it's title. I love looking at pictures in these kinds of magazines, looking at those tastefully designed rooms, getting ideas on what my future home would look like. Ah goodness, to take a tour at Crane's Nest and see for myself the gilded grandeur of house. I have this preference for houses with history and would like my own to be as functionally and tastefully rustic, with modern comforts and a wild garden. I better end here before I segue to posting my collection of dream home pictures.
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Book Haul (33)

Book Haul is a feature post which showcases some of the books that I got.

Forest of Whispers
Jennifer Murgia
Expected Publication: September 9, 2014
Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.
I've read one book of Jennifer Murgia before and that was Angel Star. I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't recall much of what I've read because it's been more than 500 hundred books since but I must have loved it since I gave it a 5/5 apple rating. So when I found Forest of Whispers eight months ago, I was eager to read more of Jennifer Murgia. Thank you, NetGalley, you old dawg.

I bought the six books in the picture, below The Secret of Shadow Ranch, from a warehouse sale of Books for Less in a town far, far away. Actually, just two cities over and my fare was more expensive than the books I bought. Was it worth it? Uhhhhhhhhhh... I was hoping for YA books but I should've known that they won't carry them since I knew that Books for Less sells books that are like old. As in old. My parents' age old. There were plenty of romance novels the likes printed in the 1970s to 1980s (I spent my high school years reading my mother's romance novels. She burned them because I wasn't doing my homework) but though I like reading them, I wasn't in that particular zone in my reading life right now. But the titles above did capture my attention (I loved The First Wives Club movie though I was too young to understand much when I first watched it) so I bought them. Php10.00 each! Woohoo.

As for Angels and Demons and The Secret of Shadow Ranch, I was passing a book booth in the mall on the way home. I couldn't just pass by without browsing, could I?
National Book Store has been holding books sales left and right at various branches but most of them are far from home and I was too lazy to make the commute given my experience with the Books for Less sale (jeez, I need a car). But there was one the other day which was relatively close so I got off my lazy and went there. Not much YA either.
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Book Review: Cassie Scot, ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden


Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
Cassie Scot #1
Christine Amsden
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy 
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
I got this book from the author on the chance that I'd read and review it. It's been almost a year since I got it. It probably slipped my mind or I wasn't in the mood then and it faded into obscurity by the excitement of knowing about other books. 

It came to my attention again when I came across a review about it. Although I didn't read the entire contents of the review for fear of influencing my own reading if I ever came to it, I got the gist that Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective is more than a mere read of a girl trying to fit in a world she was not equipped to belong.

And it was. More than a mere read I mean. I couldn't believe I hadn't read it in the first instance I got it. I had always this aversion of reading books when I'm under the pressure of having to read them. Probably a by-product of all those times I was forced to read materials for school.

But I loved reading about Cassie Scot and her world. She was a squib, to borrow a term from Harry Potter, among a family of very-gifted sorcerers. She was the eldest and supposed to the strongest of seven magical children but she was a dud. No magic at all. So she had this identity crisis on whether or not she really belonged with her family and the world she was born into especially when the magical seven may not even include her when a new baby was on the way.

Therefore, she decided to open a detective agency, something she found out she was good at when she was serving as the deputy of Eagle Rock. But... you really couldn't be a normal detective when all around you, even the mundanes, were the evidence of magic with every dealing you make no matter how normal it really seemed at the time.

And that was when shit started to happen. Add to the fact that you're ex-best friend/secret crush came back into your life and you found out that the spark that was always there between you (even if you thought it was just one-sided) was still there, well, shit really started to happen. Vampires were on the hunt and things that were not really that much connected to you somehow made it work like someone's out to get you.

As I said, I loved reading this and I couldn't believe I waited this long. I was pleasantly surprised with the heroine as she presented a level head, smart and intelligent, vulnerable and real and did not fall all over herself trying to bat eyelashes at the guy.

I'd definitely read the next books but I have to wait until the fourth and last book comes out so as I won't be left with a cliffhanger or something. Good thing Stolen Dreams comes out on October 2014.
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Book Blitz: The Silver Siren by Chanda Hahn {Giveaway}


The Silver Siren
Iron Butterfly Series #3
Chanda Hahn 
Publication date: May 25, 2014
Genres: YA Fantasy
Every journey has an end.

Unable to find the answers she sought in Skyfell, Thalia, Joss, and Kael travel to Haven with a prisoner in tow. An attack on the road waylays their plans, and Thalia finds herself traveling alone with Kael to the hidden sanctuary of the SwordBrothers.

But war is on the horizon and the Raven is amassing his army. This time, the target is not Calandry, but the Sirens of Sinnedor. When family ties are revealed, Thalia must choose sides. Desperate to break the final seal on her power and save those she loves, will Thalia willingly taste the bitter pain of the iron butterfly machine one final time?
The barn burst into flames, the Septori burst into flames, and Talbot screamed as he beat at his clothes to stop the fire. The fire shot across the beams of the barn. 

The Septori in a panic, tried to drag me out of the barn.

The shriek of a horse made me glance to Faraway, and I saw him outside of the barn screaming in terror. 

He was going to try and run in to save me. With a wave of power, I slammed the barn door closed on him, keeping him out. I was going to end this once and for all. I had a glimpse of what I was becoming and I didn’t like it. 

“Burn,” I whispered and watched as the flames licked higher. Energy flowed through my body, and I could hear something just beyond my consciousness. Like a sigh being released. My body became warm, tingling. And then more pain.

“Her eyes. Look at her eyes!” One of my captors backed away from me and ran out the side door. 

“Don’t look at her, just grab her!” Talbot screamed. 

I felt more hands grasp me and I hated it. I hated them. Looking up along the beams of the barn, I saw the main support beam. 

It was time to end this for everyone. I gave in to the pain and anger, reached for a smaller support beam, and pulled at it. Half of the burning roof came down on a large group of the Septori. They screamed and tried to cover their heads as it fell. Too late.

“Stop her! She’s going to kill us all,” Talbot cried waving his hands at me.

I smirked. I was.
About the Author

Chanda is a bestselling and award winning author of the UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series and the Iron Butterfly series. She’s been a bestseller in five countries and was named one of Amazon’s top 100 customer favorite author. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children.

Learn more about this author visit her website www.chandahahn.com

Follow her on twitter: www.twitter.com/chandahahn
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